Definitions for swearswɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

swearswɛər(v.)swore, sworn, swear•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to make a solemn declaration or affirmation by some sacred being or object, as a deity or the Bible.

  2. to bind oneself by oath; vow.

  3. to give evidence or make a statement on oath.

    Category: Law

  4. to use profane oaths or language.

  5. (v.t.)to declare, affirm, etc., by swearing by a deity or a sacred object.

  6. to testify or state on oath.

    Category: Law

  7. to affirm, assert, or say with solemn earnestness.

  8. to promise on oath; vow.

  9. to take (an oath).

  10. to bind by an oath:

    swore them to secrecy.

  11. swear by, to name (a sacred being or object) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing. to have great confidence in.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. swear in, to admit to office or service by administering an oath.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. swear off, to promise to give up (something, esp. intoxicating beverages).

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. swear out, to secure (a warrant for arrest) by making an accusation under oath.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Law

Origin of swear:

bef. 900; ME sweren, OE swerian, c. OFris swaria, OS, OHG swerian, ON sverja; akin to Go swaran to swear; cf. answer


Princeton's WordNet

  1. curse, cuss, blaspheme, swear, imprecate(verb)

    utter obscenities or profanities

    "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"

  2. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear(verb)

    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    "Before God I swear I am innocent"

  3. swear(verb)

    promise solemnly; take an oath

  4. swear, depose, depone(verb)

    make a deposition; declare under oath

  5. trust, swear, rely, bank(verb)

    have confidence or faith in

    "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. swear(verb)ɛər

    to say offensive words when you are angry, frustrated, etc.

    She hit her finger and swore.; I heard him swear at his son.

  2. swearɛər

    to promise seriously that you will do sth or sth is true

    I swear (that) I'm telling the truth.; The family swore to get revenge.

  3. swearɛər

    to make a serious legal promise

    to swear an oath of secrecy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swear(verb)

    to affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise, threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the Bible, the Koran, etc

  2. Swear(verb)

    to give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth of a statement; he swore against the prisoner

  3. Swear(verb)

    to make an appeal to God in an irreverant manner; to use the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon God in imprecation; to curse

  4. Swear(verb)

    to utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath

  5. Swear(verb)

    to put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into; as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an officer; he was sworn into office

  6. Swear(verb)

    to declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend

  7. Swear(verb)

    to appeal to by an oath


  1. Swear

    "Swear" was a 1980s pop song by Tim Scott McConnell and released by Sire Records in 1983. The music video to promote the song was a campy/tongue-in-cheek music video of a hippy-based pagan/black mass set in a church. The stylized music video is seemingly a parody of late 1960s to early 1970s hippy horror movies. A bio [link below] from the Tim Scott website states with respect to the "Swear" song that: "This was my young and confused record...I wrote the songs over a couple of weeks on a little Casio keyboard...Sire heard it and offered me a use appologising for such a mistake... the good part of it was working with Richard Gottehrer ...really took me under his wing...shame we were working on the wrong kind of music.." "Swear" was covered by Sheena Easton for her 1984 album A Private Heaven. It reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2970

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swear' in Verbs Frequency: #661

Translations for swear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to state, declare, or promise solemnly with an oath, or very definitely and positively

The witness must swear to tell the truth; He swore an oath of loyalty; Swear never to reveal the secret; I could have sworn (= I'm sure) she was here a minute ago.

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